It’s the biggest city in New England, and you’ll find more to do in Boston than just about anywhere else in the country. In addition to all of its history and its perennially successful sports franchises, Boston is a hotbed for music and live entertainment. Famous artists like Aerosmith, The Cars, Dropkick Murphys, Pixies, and Gang Starr all came originally from Boston.
Boston’s biggest concert venues are also some of its biggest sports venues. TD Garden, which is the home arena of the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics, is a frequent touring stop for some of the country’s biggest artists. The new TD Garden replaced the original Boston Garden arena in 1995 and can seat more than 19,000 fans at concert events. Recent and upcoming artists performing at TD Garden include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry.
If you’re looking for something smaller—and, typically, cheaper—The Paradise Rock Club is a famous venue that typically books larger local bands and artists touring nationally. The Paradise opened in 1977 and underwent major renovations in 2010. The club has a capacity of 933, and performances are standing room only. Crowds gather on two levels, and you’ll feel close to the band no matter where you end up. Recent and upcoming shows at Paradise Rock Club include Breaking Benjamin, Motion City Soundtrack, Cloud Nothing, Ron Pope with Ages and Ages, and The Dresden Dolls.
For even more variety, the Brighton Music Hall is yet another famous venue for live music. With a capacity of 476, Brighton is a more intimate location. It books smaller and up-and-coming artists from many genres. EDM, Rap, Rock, and Folk are all represented by their recent and upcoming artists, including YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Pertubator, Overcoats, and Andrew WK.
Where’s the best place to see a concert in Boston?
TD Garden is a fantastic venue and always hosts top-notch acts. If you want something a bit more off the beaten path, try a place like the Paradise Rock Club. You’re likely to end up pretty close to the musicians.
What are some concerts in Boston this weekend?
Scroll up to the “Events this Weekend” section near the top of the page to check out your options for concerts this weekend.
Parking can be pricey near many Boston venues. If convenient, try taking public transportation via the “T”, the city’s public transit system that offers subway, bus, trolley car, and boat service.
How much will tickets cost?
Boston is one of the top concert destinations in the country, with a wide variety of venues and performances. Fans of all types are able to find a price point they’re comfortable with. For a look at ticket prices for upcoming concerts, scroll to the top of the page and see events today, this weekend, and this week.
What artists are coming to Boston?
Explore the listings above to see who’s playing in Boston today, this weekend, and in the future.